Check out what’s in the November 2011 issue.
Perfect timing! The first big cold front of 2011 recently pushed summer aside, making way for the November print edition of Florida Sportsman Magazine. This is the issue for the Sunshine State outdoorsman: Scamp secrets, for the last-of-the-year grouper bite; insights on deer hunting on federal lands; vital; preparation for the upcoming sailfish season. Plus, what to do with those bluefish that are rolling into town–our advice? Break out the light tackle and the frying pan.
Looking to catch great-eating fish from the comfort of a Florida fishing pier? Now’s the time to do it! Matt Stevens, a fishing journalist from Charlotte County, gives some great tips on catching sheepshead in the Light Tackle Seminar. You’ve heard about “setting the hook before they bite,” but Matt reveals some deeper strategies. Interested in making a road trip? Check out the St. Johns River, where bass waters transition to redfish and trout country.
The sailfish bite is heating up all around the Florida east coast. Managing Editor David Conway takes a ride on a tricked-out center console out of Hillsburo Inlet to learn from the owner what it takes to make an efficient kite-fishing machine. Where do those helium tanks go? What’s the best setup for a tower? Kite reels? It’s all here. Oh, you’re a dead bait fisherman, are you? Chris Collins investigates the best bait trays for keeping your carefully rigged ballyhoo in tiptop shape for trolling. And what’s happening on the other side of the stream? Wahoo are slamming the high-speed lures. Should Florida captain Ryan Goldman takes up to Bimini for the action in Tropical Roundup.
Florida’s longest, most diverse river in the St. Johns, and for your fishing (and hunting!) pleasure we’ve broken it down into three sections. Where to go for the best bass action, and how to catch ’em. And you know what else? There’ll soon be two new reservoirs in the headwaters of the St. Johns, near the famed Stick Marsh and Farm 13. Frank Sargeant tells when these waters will be open to public fishing, and makes a convincing case that the new lakes will, in a few years, produce some of the hottest bass fishing the world has ever seen.
Big Cypress National Preserve is also Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area, and that means public hunting on a huge scale. Editor Jeff Weakley interviews South Florida experts who tell where to look for the biggest bucks, and how we should all be preparing for the Addition Lands. Our St. Johns feature includes the scoop on some great duck hunting on the marshes.
The no-fishing zone in Dry Tortugas National Park would be the last of its kind, so said FWC commissioners back in 2000. Well, now Biscayne Bay National Park is considering a similar closure to all fishing, in this case over 16 square miles of prime fishing waters near Pacific and Long Reef. Frequent FS investigator Doug Kelly exposes the absurdities behind this latest plan to lock out family anglers.
Prime local secrets are revealed, along with photo’s of you and your friends! Our network of Field reports gives tips for hogfish in the Keys on hook and line; big fish in the Miami finger channels; Funky Frank’s monster flounder in Stuart; the Stump Pass Beach; Jacksonville surf fishing hotspots; and lot’s more! Following the Action Spotter, more “second half” action in FS Magazine this month includes a report on lionfish tournaments, offshore kayaking, and a family’s firsthand account of a blistering wahoo blitz.